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Putting Pants on Philip (1927) - Laurel and Hardy
« on: March 01, 2015, 06:15:20 PM »
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  • http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0018294/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1
    http://www.lordheath.com/index.php?p=1_155_Putting-Pants-On-Philip
    http://www.laurelandhardycentral.com/putpants.html


    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=xvN4Tm5fvu4

    Watch PUTTING PANTS ON PHILIP in the link above




          Another one to throw into the ring as the "first" Laurel and Hardy film, at least according to Stan Laurel.  I say it's DUCK SOUP whether they meant it or not, but whatever you want to call it, just make sure  you call it a product of original thought, because I can't think of another film like this.  In order to enjoy PUTTING PANTS ON PHILIP, you have to divorce yourself from reality and accept the world being shown to you, but if you're able to do so, the awards are great.

          We're still early, so this is a rare film where Stan and Ollie don't know each other in the beginning.  Ollie is portrayed as a distinguished citizen the entire town knows, and he has a letter from his sister that states he is going to meet his nephew from Scotland getting off a boat who has a tendency to chase women.  Of course the nephew turns out to be Stan wearing a kilt.  As Stan gets off the boat, a doctor from the ship does a medical examination where he asks Stan to open his mouth, have his pulse taken, and has his hat taken off for a lice check.  Stan throws a hissy fit, makes his classic cry baby face, and the entire town is watching and laughing at the guy during this examination, Ollie amongst them.  Ollie talks about how he feels sorry for the guy who has to meet this kilt wearing guy, but Stan then takes out a picture of Ollie, looks at Ollie with this smiling look of recognition that made me laugh hysterically, and an embarrassed Ollie realizes his nephew is the man causing a scene.

          The part where I say you have to divorce yourself from reality is the reaction of the town people.  They follow a kilt wearing, women chasing Stan everywhere he goes in a mob size that rivals Beatlemania.  They simply laugh at the guy, much to chagrin of the distinguished Oliver Hardy.  I can't picture real life people acting like this, but I can let it go because it makes for a funny plot and gives us an excuse to see the streets of Hollywood in the late 20's.  It's funny, The Three Stooges usually embarrass other characters in high society situations, but in this one rare film, Stan Laurel is the patsy for his supposedly high society comic partner!  An interesting twist.

          Highlights of this short, besides the constant mob scenes, is Stan Laurel's reaction anytime he sees a woman.  He does this high kick jump which I've seen him do in some of his earlier solo work.  He pretty much abandons this jump after this film, but it works to hysterical effect here, especially with the kilt on.  Oh, and you guys think LOVE HAPPY co-star Marilyn Monroe invented the whole skirt getting blown in the air while standing above a ventilator?  Bah!  Stan Laurel did it first.  Look, Marilyn had nicer legs than Stan, but Stan is funnier and even more risqué here.  How so?  Well, Stan sneezes, causing his boxers to come down.  He stands above the ventilator again, the kilt blows up.  The camera fortunately does not show us what this mob of town's people see, but instead shows us the reaction of these people, which includes some fainting women.  Yes folks, off camera, Stan Laurel exposes his junk.

          The ending of this short has a great mud pit ending for Oliver Hardy, not the last time we'll see this in a Roach film, and not the first either.  Hal Roach had the best mud puddles in all of slapstick comedy, my favorite being in the 1924 Charley Chase one-reeler, ALL WET.  A funny end to a very funny film.  Watch the YouTube link above, it's worth it.

    10/10
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    Re: Putting Pants on Philip (1927) - Laurel and Hardy
    « Reply #1 on: March 08, 2015, 10:29:32 AM »
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  •  Since this didn't get any replies, I'll watch the movie in probably like a few days so that I can go review it. Also, I'm seriously getting pumped to watch one of my favorite L&H silent, The Battle of the Century today! ( Isn't that the one youre going to be reviewing today, Metal?)
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    Re: Putting Pants on Philip (1927) - Laurel and Hardy
    « Reply #2 on: March 08, 2015, 10:43:50 AM »
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  • Since this didn't get any replies, I'll watch the movie in probably like a few days so that I can go review it. Also, I'm seriously getting pumped to watch one of my favorite L&H silent, The Battle of the Century today! ( Isn't that the one youre going to be reviewing today, Metal?)

    Absolutely it will be BATTLE OF THE CENTURY...what's left of it.  Looking forward to your PPOP review too.

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    Re: Putting Pants on Philip (1927) - Laurel and Hardy
    « Reply #3 on: March 08, 2015, 11:01:54 AM »
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  • Absolutely it will be BATTLE OF THE CENTURY...what's left of it.  Looking forward to your PPOP review too.
    Thank you! And, it's a good thing that we have about 10 minutes of BOTC remaining, so that it won't be like reviewing Hats Off, where it's completely lost, and there was only stills.
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    Re: Putting Pants on Philip (1927) - Laurel and Hardy
    « Reply #4 on: March 17, 2015, 05:42:01 PM »
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  •  Well, that was a bit of a strange picture. You can hint some chemistry between Stan and Ollie, except I'm seriously just not feeling their possibilities of being a comedic team, yet. Next film will help straighten things up, and shows them definitely being a team. The way I see this is just Oliver Hardy is in a movie and Laurel is being a comic. Now, from the YouTube video I saw things were a bit hazy, so here is the description from what I saw:
     Hardy needs to pick up his nephew Phillip. Phillip ( Laurel) turns out to be a Scottish fellow with a habit for women. Phillip serves as an embarrassment to Hardy, who has built a reputation around the street. Laurel's behind is revealed, and Hardy immediately gets him sized for pants. Only, Phillip will not budge. At all. So, they just give Phillip pants to put on. Next, when Phillip and Ollie go on a double-decker bus, Phillip spots some women to go change. Hardy realizes how much Phillip wants to get the girl, so tries to get her with horrid results. Then, Philip tries to get her, by putting a bit of his clothes to save her from going in a mud puddle. When Hardy goes to retrieve the clothing, Hardy falls in the mud puddle.
     Wow! That was a hard description to write! However, there is a couple of things that don't really work in this movie. Shall I go through them? Yes, I shall.
     As I said before, Stan and Ollie don't feel like a team, just yet. That's why I have mixed feelings about this film. I would immediately like a LAUREL AND HARDY film, but this feels like a vehicle for Ollie, with Stan as comedic relief. However, I feel like this is just a opinion. Now, I'll proceed with the review and not pay any attention to this.
     2nd, I don't like the idea of Ollie having everybody laugh at him about Phillip. It's a bit frustrating for this to happen to such an innocent character like Ollie. However, that is the genesis of most L&H movies, so it doesn't really matter. That idea could've been done much better rather than having the whole entire neighborhood laugh at Ollie instead of laughing at Phillip, whom they should be laughing at.
     So, I think those are the only things that I dislike about this movie. Now, what do I like about this movie?
     The end where Ollie somehow falls into the mud puddle. Man, Ollie fell into so many mud puddles throughout his career, you could probably make a compilation film called " The Many Mud Puddles in Which Hardy Falls Into". Which I'm surprised Robert Youngson didn't make.. Whatever. It's just a funny idea of having both Stan and the lady survive the mud puddle, while Ollie happens to fall in.
     Also, I like the part where they ride the double-decker bus, because I have never experienced a bus quite like that and it's an exciting view for someone who has never experienced one ( unless you count in a Our Gang movie I watched where they ALMOST got to ride a double-decker bus, but they kept disrupting the bus).
     The whole idea of when Hardy wants to size Laurel for pants is a genius, and hands-down the best moment of this movie. Laurel's expressions while he will not get the pants on are hilarious, and so are Hardy's reactions. In fact, everybody's reactions in this scene are hilarious and memorable!
     I usually do not complain about title cards, except there's a tad too much in the beginning of the movie. I understand it's to better understand the movie ( especially dialogue), but there's a bit much on the title cards. What would I rate this?

     9/10
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    Re: Putting Pants on Philip (1927) - Laurel and Hardy
    « Reply #5 on: June 28, 2015, 04:23:10 AM »
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  • I watched this and cannot say much about.  I agree with most everything metaldams says except that after a while, the mob chasing Stan got old, which is why this gets...

    9/10

    But you cannot deny the humor in Stan's embarrassing only for Ollie to come save him.  Everyone laughs at Stan, but then they just say "Hi Ollie" like nothing unusual's happening.
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    Re: Putting Pants on Philip (1927) - Laurel and Hardy
    « Reply #6 on: April 14, 2017, 09:42:27 PM »
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  • The way the townspeople act bothers me in this short. It's not so much a matter of fact that it is unrealistic but that their behavior feels just a bit too cruel to me, to the point that Ollie begs a police officer to make them stop and the officer just joins in on the laughter! I do think that embarrassment can be funny, but I feel they take it too far here, making the townspeople incredibly unlikeable and it's hard for me to laugh at Ollie's embarrassment as a result. Unfortunately, this does take up a lot of the short, so it is a major problem to me.

    It is a shame because there are a lot of great moments in this short not involving the townspeople. I do think Stan is very funny during his examination and I like when he holds Ollie's arm in a childlike way. The part where they actually try to put pants on him is good as well and that high kick jump running gag is great. The ending with the mud pit, though, is probably my favorite part of the short. Seeing Ollie fall into the mud pit after making such a smug expression is really funny to me.

    It's far from a bad short, but that one element does really bother me. I'm usually willing to divorce myself from reality for the sake of humor, but this world is just too mean for my liking. I can see other people liking it for Ollie's expressions and I do like it to an extent, but that one element keeps me from enjoying this a lot.

    7 out of 10

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    Re: Putting Pants on Philip (1927) - Laurel and Hardy
    « Reply #7 on: April 18, 2017, 10:43:32 AM »
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  • The way the townspeople act bothers me in this short. It's not so much a matter of fact that it is unrealistic but that their behavior feels just a bit too cruel to me, to the point that Ollie begs a police officer to make them stop and the officer just joins in on the laughter! I do think that embarrassment can be funny, but I feel they take it too far here, making the townspeople incredibly unlikeable and it's hard for me to laugh at Ollie's embarrassment as a result. Unfortunately, this does take up a lot of the short, so it is a major problem to me.

    It is a shame because there are a lot of great moments in this short not involving the townspeople. I do think Stan is very funny during his examination and I like when he holds Ollie's arm in a childlike way. The part where they actually try to put pants on him is good as well and that high kick jump running gag is great. The ending with the mud pit, though, is probably my favorite part of the short. Seeing Ollie fall into the mud pit after making such a smug expression is really funny to me.

    It's far from a bad short, but that one element does really bother me. I'm usually willing to divorce myself from reality for the sake of humor, but this world is just too mean for my liking. I can see other people liking it for Ollie's expressions and I do like it to an extent, but that one element keeps me from enjoying this a lot.

    7 out of 10

    I am glad someone agrees in this sense.  So many of these L&H shorts involve Ollie getting some unfair treatment where, in the real non-L&H world, Stan would be the one receiving the abuse.
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